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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gene Cheek Narrator: Gene Cheek, Gildan Assorted Authors Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nine years after Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, and only a year before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a judge in the Forsyth County Courthouse of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, wrenched 12-year-old Gene Cheek from the security of his mother’s devotion. Here is a true story of love in a time afflicted by hatred, ignorance, and racism. At its core, this is a frank account of a love affair between a white woman and a black man that took mother from son and split a family forever.

In the early 1960s, the city of Winston-Salem struggled under the strict edicts of segregation, setting the tone of division that would plague Gene Cheek’s life. Raised by his alcoholic father and his earnestly loving mother, Gene learned about the power of hatred and the strength of love. Yet when his mother falls in love with Cornelius Tucker, an African American man, and becomes pregnant with his child, their union is seen as morally and lawfully unfit, forcing the family to choose between the infant and Gene. From a distance of more than 40 years, Gene Cheek recounts a life of constant struggle with his biological father. Briefly that tension dissolved with the warm guidance of Cornelius Tucker—but that would soon end.

The Color of Love is Gene Cheek’s story told in his singularly honest voice. Its sincerity and truth resonate with a plea for tolerance—and the irrevocable nature of the decisions and emotions of modern life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The drama of the custody hearing is heart-wrenching, the outcome chilling.” 

    Winterset Madisonian 

  • “Cheeks write with brutal honesty in this touching autobiographical account.” 

    Fayetteville Observer 

  • “Cheek spins a mesmerizing yarn.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a powerful story of love and forgiveness in the contest of racial hatred during a tumultuous time in the South.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty | 12/2/2013

    " This was simply told but a powerful story. I was moved by the love of this son and his mother. Set in Winston-Salem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandra Munoz | 9/13/2013

    " This was an incredibly sad autobiography. The Jim Crow era was such a disgraceful time in our history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thinkthendoit69 | 8/21/2013

    " very easy read...good insight on life "back then" and how "color" was a wall to scale and sometimes a cross to bear...wow how relationships have changed and color is beginning ever so slightly to fade to the background...a work in progress.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Lou | 3/21/2013

    " Read it in one sitting. Engrossing, heart-wrenching true story. "

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